A garment worn under the clothes used to "lift and separate" a female
's breasts. The names comes from bracière, the old french
word referring to arm protector. The brassiere replaced corsets as the female
the 1900s, when it was most likely developed by Herminie Cadolle. This
term is now archaic however and the garment is simply referred
to as a "bra," which is french
for "arm". Brassiere is only useful when one needs
to refer to bras in code:
Eliza: So Laura
do you want to go shopping for brassieres tomorrow?
: Alright, that sounds good.
Mike: What's a brassiere?
Eliza: ... really
long gloves. It means
arm protector in french.